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A finance degree from KU will prepare you to work in a variety of fields, including corporate finance, investment banking, commercial banking, asset management, real estate and personal financial planning. Your general business education, as well as your specific training in finance, will prepare you for competitive jobs.

Finance Department website



Sample of Related Skills

  • Access and analyze financial statements to evaluate the financial health of the firm and the strategies it employs to create value for its shareholders 
  • Develop and apply financial modeling skills for the valuation of the firm and of individual capital assets, securities, and other investment vehicles 
  • Apply principles of asset allocation and diversification to formulate portfolio strategies 
  • Understand the characteristics of the principle asset classes and key securities to be able to evaluate their appropriateness as investments in a broad range of portfolio applications 
  • Understand concepts like the time value of money, the risk/expected return relationships and asset-class and security diversification, to construct an investment portfolio that satisfies a hypothetical client’s objectives and constraints 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major domestic and global financial institutions and the role of those institutions in the global economy and financial markets 
  • Develop preliminary working knowledge of the Standards of Practice and Codes of Conduct of financial practitioners (CFA, CFP, etc.) and use them to address ethical challenges that may be presented in a professional setting

Popular Career Paths

Corporate Finance: Refers to the financial activities of a private business including analyzing revenue and expenses to contribute to an effective use of capital, advising managers about project costs, making capital investments, and helping companies grow

Investment Banking: Involves underwriting, trading securities (stocks and bonds), providing financial advisory services (such as mergers and acquisition advice), financing of deals, and managing assets

Commercial Banking: Entails a range of activities from sales, investment banking and trading, analyzing credit, and approving loans

Asset Management: Involves managing the money of clients to achieve specific financial objectives within guidelines under which an investment pool is organized

Real Estate: Involves such areas as development, construction, leasing, and financial transactions

Personal Financial Planning: Entails helping clients make decisions about long-term financial issues to achieve their financial goals

Jobs to Consider

Financial Analyst


Cash Manager

Credit Analyst & Manager

Controller/Finance Director

Payroll Director

Financial Reporter

Investor Relations Manager


Chief Financial Officer



Places to Seek Employment

Apartment Complexes

Appraisal Firms

Brokerage Firms

Captive Finance Companies

Commercial Banks

Credit Unions


Federal Agencies

Federal Reserve Banks

Financial Partnerships


Hedge Funds


Commercial Banks

Credit Unions


Real Estate Brokers

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Regulatory Agencies

Savings & Loan Associations

Investment Banks

Mortgage Banks

Multi-line Insurance Firms

Mutual Funds

Private Equity Funds

Insurance Firms

Hedge Funds

Insurance firms

Investment Banks

Mortgage Banks

Schools and Universities

Sole Practitioners

State and Local Governments

Trust Companies

Non-profit Organizations

Private Banking

Private Businesses


Financial Partnerships

View specific employers by state.

Employment Strategies

  1. Get experience through an internship or other relevant part-time or summer work.
  2. Conduct informational discussions with individuals from industry. The Alumni Directories in the BCS provide a great place to start.
  3. Participate in a job shadowing experience through Jayhawks on the Job or a company visit through a Friday Field Trip. Both are programs coordinated through the BCS.
  4. Attend the Finance Career Conversations and Business Career Fair events each September to talk with hiring organizations and industry representatives from Finance.
  5. Read the Wall Street Journal.
  6. Join the Finance Club or other student organizations that will facilitate career exploration.
  7. Develop strong analytical, accounting, and interpersonal communication skills.
  8. Explore various professional designations and licenses relevant to finance career paths.

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